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Excerpted from the Chile Career Guide

iven the choice, many employers in Chile prefer to hire based on references from mutual contacts rather than qualifications. Well-placed connections — colloquially known as pitutos — can help you get a foot in the door, among other things. This tradition, however, is becoming a less-dominant feature of the job search. A move away from the pitutos system toward a more equitable hiring process based on qualifications is emerging, especially for the government branch. The decline in the use of pitutos also coincides with a financial boom and the arrival of international companies in Chile. But while attitudes are slowly changing, it is still crucial to develop a network of contacts (red de contactos).

Business Organizations

Ellas 2.0
http://www.ellas2.org (Spanish)
Ellas 2.0 carries the message of Women 2.0, the mother organization, to Spanish-speaking communities. It aims to promote women in the creation of technology-based businesses. The main events are Founder Friday and Roundtables. Founder Friday is a global online networking event for potential entrepreneurs, existing entrepreneurs, industry experts and investors. In Chile, Founder Friday is held the first Friday of each month in Santiago. Follow the website’s events page, Facebook or Twitter for the latest information from the Santiago chapter.


Professional Associations

Colegio de Contadores de Chile
Association of Accountants of Chile
http://contach.cl (Spanish)
The college (colegio) has 11 regional branches throughout Chile. The Association of Accountants of Chile, established in 1979, has thousands of chartered members around the country. It works to promote the growth of the accounting profession in Chile, to ensure strict compliance with the profession’s code of ethics and to promote continuing-education programs. It also oversees El Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo Profesional (INDEP), which offers accounting classes for aspiring and current accountants. The association is an active member of the International Federation of Accountants, the American Accounting Association and the Committee on International Accounting Standards Board. The website lists professional standards, and offers a monthly newsletter and events agenda.

Tel: +56 2 224 10100
Email: consejo.nacional@contach.cl

Industry Organizations and Councils

Federacion Gremial de la Industria (SOFOFA)
Chilean Federation of Industries
http://web.sofofa.cl (Spanish, some English, Chinese)
SOFOFA, the Chilean Federation of Industries, is a trade association representing the interests of the Chilean manufacturing sector. The federation, founded in 1883, has corporate affiliates, sector association affiliates and eight regional affiliates in Arica, Antofagasta, Valparaíso, Curicó, Talca, Concepción, Malleco-Cautín and Valdivia. Association members account for 80 percent of Chilean industrial output. In addition to manufacturers, SOFOFA represents industry sectors ranging from energy, telecommunications, water and sewage, and information technology to port services and air, maritime and rail transport.

Tel: +56 2 2391 3100
Fax: +56 2 2391 3200
Email: sofofa@sofofa.cl

Unions and Labor Organizations

Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Chile (CUT)
Workers United Center of Chile
http://www.cutchile.cl (Spanish)
Workers United Center of Chile is the principal association of Chilean trade unions, representing the interests of individuals in the manufacturing, transportation and trade industries. CUT is affiliated with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Coordinadora de Centrales Sindicales del Cono Sur (the CCSCS, the Coordination of Labor Unions of the Southern Cone). It occasionally hosts conferences, and is the founder of the Fundación Instituto de Estudios Laborales (FIEL, the Foundation Institute of Labor Studies).

Tel: +56 2 235 27600

Networking Groups

Expats in Chile
http://www.expatsinchile.com (English)
This online community has more than 2,200 members from 40 countries. The community site offers sub-groups, forums, member blog posts, classifieds, job listings and event listings. Free registration is required.

Email: info@expatsinchile.com

Chambers of Commerce

Cámara Oficial Española de Comercio de Chile
The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Chile
http://www.camacoes.cl (Spanish)
The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Chile was founded in 1919 in Valparaíso and moved to Santiago in 1948. The Spanish chamber is a non-profit institution that works to benefit Spanish interests in Chile and Chilean interests in Spain, and promotes trade between the two nations. The chamber has hundreds of member companies, primarily the main Spanish companies based in Chile. It has offices in all of the nation’s main cities.

Tel: +56 2 2231 7160
Fax: +56 2 2233 5280
Email: camacoes@camacoes.cl

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Chile Guide.

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